The California High-Speed Rail Authority stands as a prime example of the confusing mess that passes for transportation project planning in this state.

Veteran Sacramento columnist Dan Walters nails the authority board as merely "politicians and political appointees with side agendas."

The funding for the bullet train, both for 800 miles of dual track between L.A. and San Francisco and later, the shorter route from L.A. to San Diego, initially came from a ballot measure approved by voters in 2009.

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